In late 2008, NASA revealed the culmination of their research into the little known subject of Flux Transfer Events, or FTEs. These so-called “events” occur every 8 minutes when a portal to the earth “opens”—and tons of high-energy particles flow through. These FTEs form on the day side of earth (the part lit by the sun at any given time) when Earth’s magnetic field presses against that of the Sun’s, at which point the fields “merge or reconnect, forming a portal” about as wide as the earth “through which particles can flow.” All of this information comes from NASA’s own research and that of the European Space Agency, who measured the phenomenon with their fleet of four Cluster spacecraft.
“We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active,” says Sibeck. “We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic.”
—David Sibeck, Goddard Space Flight Center
Finding current information (newer than 2008) on this topic was difficult. It would seem that mainstream science often turns its nose up to information like this, preferring to give more fanfare to information that aligns with with our current understanding of the way things work. Ideas and facts that challenge the status quo are routinely tossed by the wayside—apparently, not much has changed since the time of Galileo and other free-thinkers.
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